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Skeena®

  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile

A late season self-fertile dark red cherry from Canada, with a well-balanced sweet-sharp cherry flavour

Skeena ripens later than most cherries, and is good choice for extending the sweet cherry season into early August. The fruit is also larger than most cherry varieties.

Prunus avium

Skeena cherry trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Gisela 5 rootstock
    Small size (2m-2.5m after 10 years)


How to grow

Skeena was developed for commercial growers, so it is easy to manage and fruits heavily from a young age.

Skeena is a bit susceptible to fruit-cracking and brown rot - the two often go hand in hand, and are caused by rain at harvest time. Whilst this has limited its appeal to commercial growers, it is unlikely to be an issue for the gardener or community orchard.



History

Skeena was developed at the Summerland research station in British Columbia, Canada, during the 1990s, and released to commercial growers in 2005. The immediate parents were two unnamed research varieties, but Skeena is descended from Stella, Van, and Bing, and is very similar in flavour to Sunburst (which has a similar parentage).



Skeena characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):early August
    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):1-3 days
    • Food uses:Eating fresh
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Some needed
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Slightly large
    • Precocity:Precocious
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Average
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Warm climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:Canada
    • Period of origin:2000
    • Fruit colour:Red